Manika powers IOCL to title

CHANDIGARH:Manika Batra blanked Yashini Sivashankar before taming Prapti Sen to help IOCL beat HPCL 3-2 and clinch women’s team title in the PSPB Inter-Unit Table Tennis Tournament at the Sector 23 TT Hall here on Thursday.

Manika powers IOCL to title

Manika Batra (right) with her IOCL team members at the Sector 23 Table Tennis Hall in Chandigarh on Thursday. Manoj Mahajan

Tribune News Service 

Chandigarh, February 7

Manika Batra blanked Yashini Sivashankar before taming Prapti Sen to help IOCL beat HPCL 3-2 and clinch women’s team title in the PSPB Inter-Unit Table Tennis Tournament at the Sector 23 TT Hall here on Thursday.  

Manika registered a 13-11 11-5 11-6 win over Yashini after IOCL’s Archana Kamath had succumbed to HPCL’s Prapti Sen in the opening match. Archana lost 8-11 6-11 11-6 7-11.  

HPCL, though, regained the lead when Poymantee Baisya overcame Reeth Rishya 9-11 11-6 14-12 11-8. Manika once again came to IOCL’s rescue, beating Prapti 11-4 11-2 12-10 in the reverse singles tie to restore the parity.     

In the decider, Archana held her nerve to beat Yashini 11-8 11-5 11-8 and help IOCL clinch the title.   

ONGC men triumph

Meanwhile, it was an anti-climax in the men’s team finals as veteran Sharath Kamal-led IOCL bowed to ONGC without offering any resistance. 

Sharath put a brave front in the opening game against ONGC’s Harmeet Desai, but Manav Thakkar and Sudhanshu Grover were no match to G Sathyan and Anthony Amalraj.    

Desai raced to a 2-0 lead with 11-9 11-5 win the first two games, but Sharath fought his way back to restore the parity, clinching the next two games 11-5 13-11. Desai, though, kept his calm and wrapped up the decider 11-4 to put ONGC in front.

Sathyan tamed Thakkar 11-8 11-5 11-7 before Amalraj blanked Grover 11-9 11-7 18-16 to guide ONGC to the title. 

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